Abingdon Artists
Abingdon Artists
Supporting creativity in the community



Do you know that there is exhibition space in the community café at 35 Ock Street? The fitting kit is provided and help will be given to put up pictures. If artists wish to share a display period or a display that’s fine. Periods can be arranged and dates will need to be agreed to fit in with people’s schedules.

Vouchers are provided to the Artist or group to distribute to friends that entitle the visitor to a complimentary tea, coffee, juice or can of pop. You are most welcome to go and see the exhibition space.

This could be a really nice opportunity to take your work to a wider audience. If you are interested please contact Rodney Pollock, rodney.pollock@zen.co.uk or leave him a message at 35 Ock Street.


A regular painting group is held on most Tuesdays of the year (except August)  from 2.00pm – 4.00 pm, in Christchurch Hall, Northcourt Road, Abingdon. 

Advice is always available. It is open both to members and non-members. although obviously if you become a regular, we would prefer you to join us as a member. 

You can bring your own project to work on and can draw or paint anything you like. Occasionally a Still Life is  set up for artists who would like one.

It costs £3 per afternoon, to cover the hire of the hall, payable in cash on the day you attend. Another 30p will provide you with a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit.

You need to bring all your own materials  - and an easel if you prefer that to the tables provided.

The group has grown in popularity and around 20 people attend on a regular basis.  It is a very sociable way to paint with other artists, and it is much enjoyed by those who do attend.  Do come!

Quick on the Draw (QOD)

Members of Abingdon Artists who like to sketch meet in the Abingdon Market Place outside M&Co at 10.00 am every other Friday for a two hour session. Sketching is done somewhere in the town, the location being decided on the day. Non-members are welcome. There is no cost for attending.

If the weather is inclement, then an interesting refuge is sought (and always found!) close to the Market Place.

This has become very popular with those that have never gone “en plein air” with their artistic endeavours before!

It is useful to check with other members which Friday is the QOD morning.  Alternatively the dates are shown under the News tab of this website.


 On Tuesday, 27 February, Caroline Ritson and Barbara Payne are hosting a workshop to create an ornamental Green Man wall plaque.  Clay and equipment are supplied and your plaque will be fired after the session to collect later.  Introductory level, no experience necessary.  This sounds like a fun workshop!  Cost £15  per person, in the Abingdon Museum, Kempster Room, 10-1.00 pm.


At the Abingdon Museum from 13 January - 18 March 2018, Caroline Ritson (with Barbara Payne) is exhibiting in 'Myth, Mystery and Music', which encapsulates the mythical essence of historic rural life in South Oxfordshire.

At the Ashmolean from 23 March - 22 July 2018, America's Cool Modernism: O'Keefe to Hopper. This exhibition explores the 'cool' in American art in the early 20th century, from early experiments in abstraction by artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove and Paul Strand to the strict, clean precisionist paintings of Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth. 

At the Christchurch Picture Gallery  from 20 January - 9 April 2018 you can see 'Nick Schlee: Drawing to Painting'. And, from 24 January to 30th April, you will be able to view the exhibition 'Thinking on Paper'.

At Modern Art Oxford  from 10 March  - 27 May 2018, Cinthia Marcelle: The Family in Disorder: Truth or Dare. Marcelle is a Brazilian contemporary artist known for her large-scale installations, performances and video works.

The Arts Society Abingdon There are several lectures of interest to artists in the new programme. Do have a look at the list on their website and see if there is anything of interest to you.

Ashmolean Podcasts The Ashmolean has now launched a series of podcasts in which Oxford University academics from very different fields discuss objects from the Museum.  In each episode of ‘Thinking with Things:  The Oxford Collection Podcasts’ a prominent academic unpicks the story behind a single object from the collections that relates to their research. 

 EXHIBITIONS ON SCREEN Look out for the following in local cinemas: Cezanne - Portraits of a Life from 23 January; Vincent van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing from 20 March, and I, Claude Monet from 22 May. Seventh Art Productions are running an exclusive competition for enthusiastic writers to review the Cezanne film and win a signed poster and DVD of choice. Deadline 20 Feb details to follow. 


Are you interested in Urban Sketching and if so do you know that there is a group that meets fortnightly in Oxford? Check them out on their Facebook Group - Urban Sketching Oxford if you would like to know more.